Asians among migrants found crammed into 2 trailers in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, 21 Nov 2021:

Authorities have rescued 600 migrants, including 145 women – from Latin America, Asia, and Africa – crammed into two trailers in the southeast of Mexico, the National Migration Institute said yesterday.

The migrants are from 12 countries, the institute said in a brief statement. The majority of them, 401, are from Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua – while 37 belonged to Bangladesh, six from Ghana, one each from India and Cameroon.

The “rescue,” as the Mexican authorities call the interception of migrants, occurred on Friday, but reported it yesterday afternoon.

The institute said it carried out the administrative immigration procedure “with adherence and respect for the rights of people in the context of mobility.”

The discovery of migrants comes as two caravans, one in Veracruz and the other in Chiapas, on the border with Guatemala, have garnered national attention in recent weeks.

The region is experiencing a record migratory flow to the US. The US has recorded 1.7 million illegal immigrants on the border with Mexico between October 2020 and September 2021.

Mexico has found more than 190,000 undocumented immigrants from January to September, about three times more than a year ago.

The country has deported almost 74,300 illegal immigrants, government data showed.

Meanwhile, hundreds of migrants have been rescued in the central Mediterranean over the weekend.

The Sea Watch rescue vessel today rescued 102 migrants travelling on an inflatable boat that had begun to sink.

“With them, there are now 295 guests on board our ship, for whom we now need a safe port as quickly as possible!” the German NGO posted to its Twitter account.

The Italian Coast Guard yesterday rescued migrants from two separate boats, one carrying 70 people and the other, a fishing boat, carrying 350.

The coast guard guided the first boat to port on the Italian island of Lampedusa while another patrol vessel transported the 350 migrants from the fishing boat to Sicily.

The International Organisation for Migration yesterday announced that at least 75 migrants had drowned off Libya’s east coast, according to 15 survivors.